How Long Do Implant Retained Dentures Last?
Many patients who have traditional dentures find them to be bulky, restrictive and uncomfortable to wear. Patients often complain that they are unable to eat while the dentures are in, have issues with the dentures fitting securely, cause patients to gag when the dentures are being worn, and result in self-esteem issues or a lack of confidence in social settings.
Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a relatively simple and cost-effective solution which can eliminate the challenges associated with traditional dentures. The treatment to resolve uncomfortable and ill-fitting dentures is to use a few dental implants. Through the use of implant retained dentures, loose dentures can become quite secure. Once the implants are placed and the denture is secured, the difference is incredible.
The dentures will continue to work just as they worked before. They will be removed for thorough cleaning as needed and clipped back onto the implants once complete. It is important to work with a dentist who is familiar with this treatment option, as it requires knowledge in both dentures and implants. In order to resolve the issues patients experience with their dentures, the dentist must have the necessary knowledge and skills.
The problem many dentists have is that they lack the understanding of traditional techniques required to properly create dentures. The techniques which are used are not forgiving. If a small mistake is made, it can compromise the success of the treatment altogether.
While implant retained dentures allow patients to eat most foods, some types of food will remain off limits. This can include eating a whole apple by biting into it directly. When firm pressure is applied to the front teeth, it can dislodge the dentures. Patients are encouraged to use their back teeth for chewing to ensure the dentures remain in place. While some movement is expected while chewing, compared to traditional dentures which are not supported with implants, implant retained dentures are very secure.
Many patients want to know hot long treatment takes from start to finish. While this can vary for each patient, on average, treatment takes about four months for the lower arch and seven months for the upper arch.
This estimate includes the time it takes for the bone to fuse or attach to the implants. During this time, the existing denture can be worn or a temporary denture can be created.
While patients can expect to eat most type of foods with implant retained dentures, some types of food will remain off limits. It is also important to note that because this solution is removable and not fixed, some movement should be expected when eating.
Implant Retained Denture Lifetime
Another common questions patients have when considering this treatment option is how long they can expect implant retained dentures to last. In most cases, the implants should last for about 15 years or more. The dentures, however, typically last for about seven years before they start showing signs of aging and wear.
In order to properly maintain the implant retained dentures, patients should practice good oral hygiene with twice daily brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning and exam.
Small nylon rings are used to grip the implants and securely hold the denture in place. The rings usually wear out after a year or two and need to be replaced.